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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

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Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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November 7, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses the New Respirable Silica Rule

November 7, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses the new respirable silica rule and how it may impact the construction industry in "New Respirable Silica Rule Poses Problems for Construction Industry," published in EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 2, 2016
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on Tentative Revisions to OSHA's Standards

November 2, 2016

Tressi Cordaro comments on OSHA's goal to rid inconsistent and outdated provisions in "Controversial Provisions Added to OSHA’s Proposed Modernization Updates," published in SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 30, 2016
EHS Today

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule

September 30, 2016

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica rule and how it will affect the construction industry in "SLC 2016: Compliance and OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule," published in EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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November 29, 2016

Record Low Number of Mining Deaths in Fiscal Year 2016, Mine Safety Agency Reports

November 29, 2016

Fiscal year 2016 saw a record low number of mining deaths, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported. The agency also continues to encourage the mining community “to reach zero mining deaths.” MSHA reported that in FY 2016, 24 miners died at the more than 13,000 mines in the country. This is the lowest number... Read More

November 16, 2016

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Starts White House Review

November 16, 2016

The White House is reviewing a proposed worker safety rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that aims to expand the requirement on how long employers must maintain accurate records of worker injuries and illnesses. The White House Office of Management and Budget received a final rule on October 14, 2016, and its... Read More

October 3, 2016

Mine Safety Agency Warns of Equipment and Machinery Dangers

October 3, 2016

In the wake of three deaths over the past year involving mine equipment and machinery, the Mine Health and Safety Administration has issued a safety alert to prevent mining accidents: “Blocking Against Motion.” MSHA said a miner died when he was between the cutter boom and the pan of a continuous mining machine when the... Read More

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Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Request in Legal Challenge to OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
November 29, 2016

In July 2016, several trade associations and others (“plaintiffs”) filed suit against OSHA challenging the agency’s anti-retaliation provisions in the final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (81 Fed. Reg. 29,624) (May 12, 2016). Read More

Dr. Michaels To Leave OSHA in January
October 31, 2016

Dr. Michaels, an epidemiologist and professor at George Washington University School of Public Health, was appointed as the 12th Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health in December, 2009.  Having served seven years with OSHA, Dr. Michaels is the longest serving Assistant Secretary. Dr. Read More

OSHA’s 2016 Top Ten Violations
October 26, 2016

OSHA recently released its preliminary annual list of the top ten safety and health violations cited for fiscal year 2016. While not anticipated to change much, a more final list will be completed closer to the end of 2016. Read More